Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > tasting hoppy beers Pale Ales
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 06-28-2010, 05:14 PM   #1
greggor
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Eden Utah
Posts: 83
Default tasting hoppy beers Pale Ales

I am planning to sample a large quantity of Hoppy Pale Ales. is it best to drink water and consume unsalted crackers between tastings within a flight of pale ales to clense the palate? What can be done to reduce palate fatigue when tasting a large number of very hoppy beers at a single sitting?


greggor is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2010, 05:37 PM   #2
Homercidal
Badass Moderator
HBT_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Homercidal's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Reed City, MI
Posts: 26,025
Liked 3037 Times on 2116 Posts
Likes Given: 1845

Default

BJCP judges have to deal with this all the time. Crackers are a good thing, as is the water. And take your time. I'd hit up the BJCP website for suggestions. One thing that can help you taste is to keep practicing. Maybe sit with some others and all share opinions, and all search for that elusive flavor.

But everyone has different tastes, and different sensitivity to flavor. I think it's interesting to see the many different opinions on the same beer. Especially when the people all know the different flavor descriptions, but haven't been trained to spot them yet. Your imagination can make you taste things that nare necessarily there.

But just to comparison taste, I think the crackers and water thing is a good idea. And limit the amount of aromas that don't come from the beer, and try not to get distracted by stuff going on around you.

You may want to have some paper towels handy for those really bad beers, or soem Kleenex for those really good beers!


__________________
If your takin' your girlfriend out tonight
You better park the car well out of sight
'Cos if they catch you in the back seat trying to pick her locks
They're gonna send you back to mother in a cardboard box !
Homercidal is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2010, 05:58 PM   #3
BendBrewer
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Bend, Oregon
Posts: 3,169
Liked 74 Times on 57 Posts
Likes Given: 23

Default

Quote:
What can be done to reduce palate fatigue when tasting a large number of very hoppy beers at a single sitting?
Personally, I just smoke.
__________________
CarPort Brewery
JCMAC Farms Garden
BendBrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2010, 02:13 PM   #4
spittinrivers
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Concrd, NC, NC
Posts: 10
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BendBrewer View Post
Personally, I just smoke.
I thought smoking made palate fatigue worse? Smoking definetly makes food taste more bland.
spittinrivers is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2010, 02:16 PM   #5
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: UP of Michigan
Posts: 64,509
Liked 5639 Times on 4043 Posts
Likes Given: 1381

Default

Plain white bread, like chunks of Italian bread, and water are my preference when judging competitions.

Bread and water. Like prison, except with beer.

I don't smoke, but I would think that smoking "blands" everything, so I definitely wouldn't smoke when trying different beers for nuances.


__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

Follow me on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lorena.t.evans
But I'm pretty boring so don't expect much!
https://www.facebook.com/lorena.t.evans
Yooper is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
sour/bitter/hoppy tasting beer banefulwraith Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12 12-17-2011 10:47 PM
NYC 06/01 7pm Wild and Sour Ales $10 tasting Pivzavod New York HomeBrew Forum 0 06-01-2010 11:59 AM
My SNPA's keep tasting like hoppy budwiser Tiako Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 01-12-2010 02:20 AM
How Light Tasting are Blonde Ales Typically? KYB General Beer Discussion 14 03-27-2009 06:00 PM
Designing Dark Hoppy Ales david_42 Recipes/Ingredients 22 01-14-2009 02:48 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS